Freedom Is Not Enough: Black Voters, Black Candidates, and American Presidential Politics

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Political Science - 239 pages
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Black voters can make or break a presidential election—look at the close electoral results in 2000 and the difference the disenfranchised Black vote in Florida alone might have made. Black candidates can influence a presidential election—look at the effect that Jesse Jackson had on the Democratic party, the platform, and the electorate in 1984 and 1988, and the contributions to the Democratic debates that Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton made in 2004. American presidential politics can't get along without the Black vote—witness the controversy over candidates' appearing (or not) at the NAACP convention, or the extent to which candidates court (or not) the Black vote in a variety of venues. It all goes back to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which formally gave African Americans the right to vote, even if after all these years that right is continuously contested. In Freedom Is Not Enough (a quote from Lyndon Johnson's 1965 commencement address to Howard University just before signing the Voting Rights Act), Ron Walters traces the history of the Black vote since 1965, celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2005, and shows why passing a law is not the same as ensuring its enforcement, legitimacy, and opportunity.

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Abolitionists and civil rights activists have fought long and hard for black suffrage and voting rights, arguing that freedom is meaningless without full citizenship and the right to vote. In this ... Read full review


Black Empowerment and the 1965 Voting Rights Act
Leverage Politics and the 1984 and 1988 Jackson Campaigns
Black Mobilization in the Presidential Elections of 1992 1996 and 1998
Diluting Black Voting Power The Supreme Court in the 1990s and the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida
Election Reform Revisiting the Right to Vote
Leverage Politics and the 2004 Primary Election Scenario The Sharpton and Moseley Braun Campaigns
Black Turnout and the 2004 Presidential Election
The 1965 Voting Rights Act Leveraging the Power of the Black Vote
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Ronald W. Walters is director of the African American Leadership Institute and professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. His many books include Black Presidential Politics, winner of the American Political Science Association's Ralph Bunche Prize and White Nationalism, Black Interests, an "academic best seller," covered by C-SPAN. Walters is a political analysts who appears regularly in major print media, on National Public Radio's "News and Notes" with Ed Gordon, and writes a syndicated column for the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

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